Q&A with S.R. Ellis
1. Please tell us about your novel, After Life, Inc.
The After Life program was created to defy death. People no longer die, instead they are chipped and uploaded into a computer program to live out an eternally blissful existence.
Joshua has been confined to the After Life program for over 100 years and is put in charge of showing new arrival, Clara Jean, the ropes of living and surviving in the program. Clara Jean soon realizes The After Life program is not the peaceful utopia she was promised. Anyone under the age of 30 is a Minor and forced into slavery, expected to obey the Elders' every command without question or complaint. Joshua and Clara live in Pod 223 with 5 other Minors who now are the closest thing Clara Jean has to family. Together, Pod 223 begins the revolution to dismantle the most tyrannical corporation in Earth's existence and in doing so discover themselves and what they truly stand for.
2. What would be your ideal After Life program?
My After Life program would consist of the most beautiful beach on some weird planet in another galaxy. I would have access to a spaceship and be able to travel around wherever and whenever I wanted to. I would also have access to every book and comic book ever written, as well as every television show ever aired. It would be a geek's paradise.
3. Do you have a favorite character in this book?
My favorite character is Henry. I loved writing for him and I loved his personality. I feel like Henry and I would be best friends in real life. He is just so hilarious and lovable.
4. How many books do you have planned for this series?
I have three planned. But I don't like to deal in absolutes, so it is possible for only one more, or many more.
5. What's next for you?
Well, NaNoWriMo is coming up, so I will be partaking in that. I'm unsure which project I will be focusing on but there will be writing, that I can be certain of. My goal is to have my next full manuscript done by the end of the year. I think I can make it happen.
6. What's the scariest book you've ever read?
The scariest book I've ever read was Cujo by Stephen King. I had night terrors thinking about that dog attacking me. I was also 12, which might make more sense as to why I freaked out so much.
7. What's your favorite Halloween treat?
I love caramel apples. They are the absolute best. I even decided I would try to make my own this year. AHAHAHA. NEVER. AGAIN. It was a huge mistake. I need supervision when dealing with candied substances. Give me a cake recipe or brownies or frosting and I can whip them up in a heart beat. But caramel, candy things, or peanut brittle, I just can't do. It is embarrassing.
8. Are you going to dress up this year?
I'm going to be Mrs. Lovett from Sweeney Todd! I'm so excited. AND I got all the parts of my costume for 16 dollars at Goodwill, including shoes!
9. What are you afraid of?
Everything. I'm one of the most phobic people on the planet. Birds. Bugs. Crawly things. The dark. It's an absolutely disaster. Yet, I love horror movies.
10. What's your favorite monster/supernatural creature?
Bigfoot. Hands down, he is the most terrifying.